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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 03/06/2021 10:28:11

Title of Module: Directed Learning 7 Theology

Code: THEO07004 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Ian  Birch

Summary of Module

This module is only available as an option within the BD Programme if certain criteria are met, and the choice requires the approval of the Programme Leader.

This module provides an opportunity for students to choose an area of theological study relevant to their vocational or academic interests. At Level 7 this module is intended to provide an opportunity to develop new study skills and hone existing abilities to enable engagement with theological study. This is done through a process of accompaniment and support through tuition and formative comment.

A portfolio of assessment instruments will include a learning agreement which will be formatively assessed. This will indicate the parameters of the areas to be studied, the approach to be taken, and the specific supervision requirements needed in order to utilize the guidance of the module co-ordinator.

The assessment portfolio will be agreed in the light of the learning agreement and early in the module an indicative bibliography will be prepared in consultation with the Module Co-ordinator. The agreed areas for study will be the focus of written assessment amounting to 3,500 - 4000 words.

As this is a directed learning module, students are expected to develop and evidence some initiative and capacity for independent learning, ability to accept guidance in research and written submissions, a conscientious fulfilling of the learning agreement, and submitted work characterized by a good general knowledge of the chosen subject.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate ability to conduct personal research under guidance and direction from the module co-ordinator, by finding and choosing relevant information around the chosen subject area.

L2. Compile in consultation with the Module Co-ordinator, a learning agreement indicating the subject area to be studied, the methodological approach to be taken.

L3. Compile in conjunction with the Module Co-ordinator, a Bibliographic base for reading, research and scholarly underpinning of the agreed coursework.

L4. Prepare a portfolio of written work which demonstrates engaement with theological learning appropriate to Level, and evidences self-motivation in independent and supported learning.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Basic research practices such as identifying, selecting and organizing information, showing ability in argumentation through an informed grasp of knowledge appropriate to the subject area.

Knowledge of several of the various fields of theological studies such as biblical, pastoral, historical and theological .

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Some capacity for theological reflection on specific issues as indicated in the learning agreement which underpins the module.

Initial research procedures including bibliographic compilation of relevant resources, and negotiating a practicable and appropriate learning agreement.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Identifying an area for study, in consultation with a supervisor, and understanding how to identify relevant questions or issues to be researched.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Identifying relevant items of bibliographic support for the proposed research project, and compiling these into Bibliographic format consistent with the College referencing system.

Academic referencing through footnotes according to the format in the Student Handbook.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Taking responsibility for one’s own learning, while utilizing support as appropriate by the module co-ordinator.

Management of time to ensure a learning agreement with fixed deadlines is fulfilled.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Independent Study184
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

As part of the Learning Agreement, two books, or other written resources will be chosen to underpin the written project. These must be used and referenced in the submitted work.

Other indicative resources will be indicated and included in discussion with the module co-ordinator and appropriate to the Learning Agreement.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorL Toth
External ExaminerA Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Portfolio of Written Work 100%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 16 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.

Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, when they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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